Irish prison recognized as the best tourist destination in Europe
The former prison building, called “the Irish of Alcatraz”, was one of the best tourist attractions in Europe, ahead in the ranking of the Eiffel tower and Buckingham Palace.
In the South-West of Ireland, on the island of spike, was once a prison. Now this building is actively visited by tourists.
So actively that during the World Travel Awards, the prison was recognized as the best tourist attraction in Europe, reports The Daily Mail.
Initially, the complex of buildings erected on a Spike, still in the VI century, was occupied by the monks. In the XVIII century the building was converted to a military garrison, and in the mid-nineteenth century was adapted for the maintenance of criminals, which then planned to transport to Australia.
The prison on the island, reachable by boat from the city of cork, was in operation until 2004. At a time here could be up to 2300 prisoners.
In 2016, the prison complex was renovated and turned into a tourist attraction. In addition to the regular tours, visitors are given the opportunity to spend the night in one of 28 single rooms in a block for especially dangerous prisoners.